57 Mysterious Celebrity Disappearances That Can't Be Explained

By Jack Ripley | February 14, 2024

Kurt Cobain

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Kurt Cobain is known for his musical work with the band Nirvana. The band's groundbreaking 1991 album Nevermind became the defining soundtrack for a generation grappling with disillusionmen. As Nirvana's popularity skyrocketed, Cobain struggled with the pressures of fame, battling personal demons and substance abuse. On March 4, 1994, Cobain was hospitalized in Rome, Italy, after overdosing on a combination of champagne and Rohypnol. On March 30, he entered a rehab clinic in Los Angeles, just to leave the next day. His wife, Courtney Love, hired a private investigator to locate him to no avail, until April 8, when Cobain's body was discovered at his Seattle home by an electrician who had come to install a security system. The 27-year-old musician had died from an apparent self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head, leaving behind a note that detailed his disillusionment with life and the music industry.

Amelia Earhart

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Born in 1897 in Atchison, Kansas, Amelia Earhart was a groundbreaking pilot and feminist icon. She set numerous altitude and speed records throughout her career in the aviation world, and was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In June 1937, Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, set out on a 29,000-mile journey to travel across the globe - a voyage they would never finish. In July, while attempting to locate the remote Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean, contact with Earhart's plane was suddenly lost.

Despite extensive search efforts, no trace of Earhart and Noonan was ever found. One theory is that they crash-landed into the pacific and drowned; another is that they made an emergency landing on the nearby uninhabited island of Nikumaroro, eventually succumbing to the elements. The discovery of various artifacts on the island, such as clothing remnants, has lent credence to this theory, but nothing conclusive has been found.